The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the National Interest Party (NIP) has suspended its National Chairman, Mrs. Eunice Atuejide and the party’s National Secretary, Audu Israel at an emergency meeting held in Abuja.
In a communique issued and signed by the party’s National Legal Adviser, Sanni Abass, after a unanimous decision taken by 2/3 of the National Executive Committee members, the party is alleging, amongst other gross misconducts; forgery, misappropriation of party funds without requisite approval, falsification of documents, criminal breach of trust, conversion and criminal conspiracy, anti-party activities and usurpation of power against the person of the chairman and National Secretary, all these are not in tandem with the spirit of the doctrine of the party.
The party stated that Mrs. Eunice Atuejide has been autocratically ruling the party by magnanimously appointing herself as the National Chairman, National Leader, Chief Whip and above all, the party’s Presidential Aspirant without the approval of the party’s NEC.
This suspension is in line with the extant provision of the constitution of the party which stipulates that a member of the party may be suspended by the National Executive Committee and the committee may decide what disciplinary measures to place on a member of the party.
It was resolved at the meeting that Mrs. Atuejide and National Secretary remain suspended pending the conclusion of the on-going investigations by the party’s national executive committee and the Independent National Electoral Commission-INEC.
Meanwhile, a strong worded petition has been forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on the suspension notice and also relevant anti-graft agencies for further investigations on the various fraudulent practices of Mrs. Eunice Atuejide and the National Secretary, Audu Israel.
“In the light of the foregoing, may I also inform you that Mr. Azeez Yusuf who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the party has been appointed as the Acting Chairman of the party, please find attached a copy of the minutes of meeting wherein the resolutions were reached for your consideration,” the party wrote.
“Conclusively, all correspondences of the party should henceforth be addressed to Mr. Azeez Yusuf for appropriate consideration.”
Credit: Nigeria Elections